Grateful Dead

Metropolitan Sports Center - April 17, 1989

Metropolitan Sports Center

April 17, 1989

Bloomington, MN US

Average: 4 (13 votes)


first "Drumz" with MIDI

Set List:

Iko Iko
New Minglewood Blues
Row Jimmy
Far From Me
Built to Last
Victim or the Crime

Cold Rain and Snow
Samson and Delilah
Crazy Fingers
Estimated Prophet
Eyes of the World
The Wheel
Gimme Some Lovin'
Wharf Rat
Not Fade Away

Knockin' on Heaven's Door

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Attendees of this show

dubai-escorts-bunnies, AugustJohnston, Melissaaaaa, casinodead1, Swaying Trees, WhoWhatWendy, StPaulDeadHead, pukegrub, Boilerguy56, dhead1965, spydyr, normk58, R.Mills, southofi10, dhaivyd, jeffr-DoseMePlease, Steveinkato, Veghead, Norwood, DeadheadTrea, jp1142, Ror, miltonmutant, dedhed1963, gdharlow, Phinnegan, dogwoodgirl, blacksharpie, inanothertimes, turtlepace72, ChinaRider77, boomerangy, coveralls, navrmind, gordy, nipsyhustle, shakes, lotsofgreensmiles, DJWickre, thrinworks, darkstarcrashes, cleanlivin, debhead830, rodiebluez1, Boris90, Big_river, Rolokid, Half-Step Charlie, Bogey D, Bartkowski, zebadya, jcjoesammax, slewfoot42, CrazyJane, deadlyg, Disco Stu, Jon E., seebrown, Big Black Peter, DeadErik, croixwood, Dan B, lemond, alpine84, ladnarc, It Keeps Growing, saratogajude, greendad, MustveBeenTheDoses, badger96, thecrowtoldme, TommyHolland, danceswithbears, pyy, thehagg01, gdtrfb65, leshphilling, FrozenHam, gonewild2, WaywardBill, GRonK, llib mharg, quinnever, GoldenBear, festival0122, maass, tangram, Mr.Skjellyfetti, drgnwmtchs, estimatedprofits, romp711, sfchick, hatkat, marhil, goldgreek, Pha_Q, GR8FLPT, goverlid, ramblonrose, lisainpotown, archer, mtutts, rabbit69, doobiesdaddy, chuckk, Bear, BobbyBBQ, Crazy Fingers, BlondeJim, mkav, Josef, mary-sunshine, Guitartad, chunn, Jeffervonjefferson, hezgone, JOEG, dead4days, chefjim, Fillmore Midwest, Cosmiccharlie, Cookbitch, Jodester, Heat, ghfg, theob, robbstar, MktoSteve, ray, juddcbrown, philsurf, riggamortis, PsillyJim, tcerneskie, DEADPHR3D, 333mike, Forrest, Toothoftime, Gr8ful Greg, Richter, taperchef, Trueski, skioa, Duggles, Ski_Nose, augustwest


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Joined: Oct 13 2007
First Show: April 17, 1989

What I remember most about this show was how I could see in people dancing in each entry-way. I was also amused to see people trying to dance to Estimated Prophet. With it's 7/4 time signature, I think it really threw people for a loop. The parking lot was also an eye-opener as this was my first of only two Grateful Dead shows. I've had a tape of this show for many years but only the second set. It was nice to find the Archives web site so I could finally own the first set. It's probably not the best show available, but since it was my first, I remember it fondly and listen to it often.

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Joined: Dec 31 2010
My first show as well

Dang, I was hooked from the git go by the music and the vibe inside and out of the Met Center. It took me a few shows though to get in the groove and get the right dancing shoes. So many friends, people I really care about to this day, I went with and met at this show. I realized what a small world it is too as people I'd met through other friends were also friends with those I went with to this one. A wonderful glorious experience. In hindsight, and maybe because it was my first Dead show, I give the actual concert, the music, 4 stars but all in all, a 5 star night. It just boggles my mind what took me so darn long to see my first Dead show!

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Joined: Jun 30 2007
quintessential Dead show of the late 80s IMO

great set list, extremely well executed. missing a Terrapin but what a set list! ended set 1 with killer Bertha and the 2nd set...every one is a home run.

after the 86 fiasco in the Dome, they really made up for it in 88 and 89 with those shows in the Met.

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Joined: Jun 30 2007
Bible study?

a friend of mine went to this show with me. he was a casual GD fan...knew 'em, liked 'em, but not deadicated. after Samson, he commented just how closely the lyrics followed the actual Bible story. I did not think much of it the comment at the time, but came to realize just how many Biblical stories and references are in their body of work. It seemed really obvious after I thought about it, and then it was really driven home when I received Dodd's "Annotated Grateful Dead" as a gift.
Between their own songs, various covers, Dylan's can write the Gospel according to Jerry, Bob and Robert.
All these years later, it seems trite and obvious, but Paul's comment got me looking into those things.

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Joined: Dec 5 2008
Looking to by poster/cd 4/17/89

Hello! I'm looking through buy a poster of this three-show run and a cd if someone has a copy or can burn one?
Much Gratitude ⚡️


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Metropolitan Sports Center - April 17, 1989